Austria to impose Covid lockdown for unvaccinated 12 years and over

Around 65% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, one of the lowest rates in the European Union, where cases are increasing. Under the measures announced Sunday, the unvaccinated are ordered to stay home, except for a few limited reasons; the rules will be watched by agents who control on the ground those who are outside.

The lockdown plan that was agreed in September required unvaccinated Austrians to face a stay-at-home order once 30% of intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients. Unvaccinated people are already excluded from entertainment venues, restaurants, hairdressers and other parts of public life in Austria.

Schallenberg told reporters on Friday that the government should give the measure a “green light” this weekend. “The goal is clear: we want Sunday to give the green light to a national lockdown for the unvaccinated,” Schallenberg told a news conference in Innsbruck. He had previously called the country’s vaccination rate “shamefully low.”

His warning came as a wave of Covid-19 infections swept through central Europe. A three-week partial shutdown was announced in the Netherlands on Friday evening, Reuters reported, and health officials recorded a rapid increase in cases there.
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“Tonight we bring a very unpleasant message with very unpleasant and far-reaching measures,” said Dutch Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a televised speech, ordering nonessential restaurants, supermarkets and retailers to close early and reimposing measures of social distancing. . “The virus is everywhere and must be fought everywhere.”

Norway also announced new measures on Friday, while people in the German capital Berlin are bracing for new restrictions that will take effect on Monday.

Schallenberg’s tone encapsulated the frustration that various European governments have expressed towards unvaccinated sectors of society, as a wave of Covid-19 infections hit the region.

In neighboring Germany, ministers have stepped up their rhetoric towards those who are not vaccinated. Its capital, Berlin, announced on Wednesday that it will ban unvaccinated people from indoor dining, bars, gyms, hair salons and cinemas starting next week.
Berlin bans unvaccinated from entertainment venues as Germany battles record Covid cases

Vaccination rates vary across Europe, but steadily decline towards the east of the continent.

Russia has reached a new daily record for deaths from Covid-19, with 1,241 recorded in the previous 24 hours, the country’s coronavirus task force said on Saturday. With the latest figures, the country has reached a total of 254,167 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, German officials warned on Thursday that the country continues to see a “ very worrying ” increase in Covid-19 cases and advised residents to “ urgently cancel or avoid more important events if possible, but also reduce all other unnecessary contacts. ” “

According to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s seven-day incidence rate has risen to 263.7 cases per 100,000 people, up from 169.9 cases reported a week ago.

The Norwegian government said on Friday it would reintroduce “some more national measures” to “reduce the [Covid-19] infection “in the country. Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol said that” unvaccinated people over 18 years of age, living with someone who is infected with the virus, will have a duty to get tested, “adding that the The obligation would apply as of November 17.

The government will also recommend municipalities to start testing unvaccinated healthcare workers twice a week, with a clear message that they should wear a mask, according to the statement.

For the second week in a row, Europe was the only region in the world where cases and deaths were found to be increasing in the World Health Organization’s weekly global report.

Between Nov.1 and Nov.7, there was a 1% increase in new weekly cases, according to the update, with just over 3.1 million new cases reported. The region also reported a 10% increase in new deaths in the last week.

CNN’s Rob Picheta, Nadine Schmidt, and Anna Chernova and Duarte Mendonca contributed to this report.

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